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My Top 6 JavaScript Book Picks!

There is a lot of great content out there to help you understand JavaScript better. But sometimes it is hard to know which resources to look into and invest your time in.

In this article, I will list six of my favorite JavaScript books that have been staples in the community for many years. Some of these books are great for beginners while other books are more geared towards the experienced JavaScript developer.

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🔗You Don't Know JS Yet

Kyle Simpson is an experienced educator and software engineer who does a great job of diving into the intricate details of JavaScript. This is an ongoing series of books that covers JavaScript fundamentals, scope, closures, objects, classes, and more. The first book, You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started, discusses what JavaScript is and covers important fundamentals. It also provides an overview on what to expect in the later books of the series.

The second book, You Don't Know JS Yet: Scope & Closures, dives deep into the different types of scope, closures and the module pattern. Kyle does a great job of removing the mystery behind how scope and closures really work in JavaScript.

These first two books are available for purchase at many popular online retailers and book stores. You can also read them for free on Kyle's GitHub repository. You can also see the progress for earlier drafts for the later books on Objects, class, types and more.

This book series is appropriate for all levels. Even if you are an experienced JavaScript developer, you can still learn about the intricate details of this language. You might also clear up any confusion on misconceptions for certain topics.

🔗JavaScript: The Good Parts

In this book, Doug Crockford focuses on the "good" or elegant aspects of JavaScript. Doug goes in depth on JavaScript syntax, objects, functions, inheritance and more. The focus of this book is to only look at the "good" parts as defined by Doug Crockford and "unlearn" the bad parts of JavaScript. While others might disagree with what is considered "good" or "bad" in JavaScript, this is still a good book to read for all levels.

JavaScript: The Good Parts is available at any major online retailer or book store.

🔗JavaScript and jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

If you are just starting out learning JavaScript, then I highly recommend this book by John Duckett. The mixtures of rich illustrations and text makes it easy to follow. All of the core JavaScript fundamentals are covered and hundreds of code examples are provided throughout. I really like John's use of visual infographics and diagrams to help introduce complex concepts. Even though this book was published before ES6, I still think this is valuable resources for beginners learning JavaScript fundamentals.

JavaScript and jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development is available at any major online retailer or book store.

🔗JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Master the World's Most-Used Programming Language 7th Edition

This definitive guide has been a staple in the JavaScript community and is written by prolific author and programmer David Flanagan. This 2020 version covers core JavaScript fundamentals, classes, modules, iterators, web API's, generators, Promises, async/await, and more. There is also a section for Node and popular tools and language extensions for JavaScript developers. This guide is great for those looking to hone their JavaScript skills and have a deeper understanding of the language.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Master the World's Most-Used Programming Language 7th Edition is available at any major online retailer or book store.

🔗Eloquent JavaScript

Eloquent JavaScript is an in depth guide into the language, and Node.JS. Marijn Haverbeke covers core concepts including values, types, high order functions, asynchronous JavaScript, the Document Object Model, the Canvas API and more. There are also fun projects to build along the way including a platformer game, Pixel Art Editor and Skill sharing website.

This book is great if you have some familiarity with the language already and want a deeper understanding. It is also 100% free on

🔗Learning JavaScript Design Patterns

If you are already familiar with JavaScript and want to learn more about design patterns, I suggest looking into this book. Addy Osmani divides the book into three parts: Design patterns, Rendering patterns, and Performance patterns. Some of the patterns covered include the module pattern, Hooks pattern, Prototype pattern, and more. There are a lot of rich code examples and sandboxes allowing users to play around with the code.

You can access the entire book for free on


I hope you enjoyed that list of JavaScript books worth your time. There is always something to learn with JavaScript, and I hope it will help you grown in your career.

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